|Thomas Whitehead Primary School, Houghton Regis|
Across Central Bedfordshire, groups of residents, town and parish councils and local organisations turned out in force and with national pride to Clean for the Queen, the nationwide tidy-up event over the weekend (Friday, 4 March to Sunday 6 March).
There were 28 organised litter blitzes, which were mainly led by ward councillors and town and parish councils, whilst a number of spontaneous clean-ups also took place across Central Bedfordshire, in streets, parks and grass verges.
Altogether across the UK, more than a million people have been out and about clearing up the places where they live to help celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in April.
The campaign, backed by organisations including the Women’s Institute, the National Trust and the RSPB, as well as businesses including McDonald’s, Costa, Greggs, KFC and Wrigley and anti-litter charities such as Keep Britain Tidy and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, was the biggest community-led clean-up the country has ever seen.
As part of the campaign, Central Bedfordshire Council assisted and promoted the events held by town and parish councils. The council also worked with its contractor, Biffa, to ensure that where requested all of the rubbish that the volunteers collected was picked up and disposed of after each litter picking event across Central Bedfordshire. The council also arranged with Biffa to have resources available during the weekend to assist with litter picking activities in towns, key areas and main routes, which will continue throughout March.
Councillor Andrew Turner, Executive Member for Stronger Communities, said: “Clean for the Queen is about everyone working together to give both the country and their own neighbourhoods a big spring clean ahead of Her Majesty’s birthday and I would like to thank all those across Central Bedfordshire who came out over the weekend and supported it.
“Volunteers willingly gave up their time to help improve their communities for others, and it is this kind of spirit which makes Central Bedfordshire a great place to live and work.”
Clean for the Queen campaign director Adrian Evans said: “On behalf of the campaign, I would like to say a big “thank you” to Central Bedfordshire Council and the people who live in Central Bedfordshire for supporting Clean for the Queen.
“They have been part of a campaign that has seen a million people stepping out of their front doors to make a difference to the way places look in every corner of the UK.”
For more information about volunteering in Central Bedfordshire, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/volunteeringawards.
There you will find a link to the 2016 Central Bedfordshire Cheering Volunteering Awards – your chance to say thank you to those who give up their time to help others by nominating them for one of the six award categories. And you can also book free tickets to the celebration evening which takes place at the Grove Theatre, Dunstable on Tuesday 7 June.